New Prasa trains are reportedly unsuitable for SA's railway lines
• Editor&39;s note: This live event has now ended. You may watch a recording of the proceedings in the gallery above.
JOHANNESBURG - The passenger rail agency of South Africa (Prasa) has refuted reports that it&39;s newly-acquired locomotives aren&39;t safe for local use.
Watch Prasa CEO Lucky Montana and the agency&39;s leadership address the media in the gallery above.
PRASa Montana says the locomotives are already running @eNCA— malungelo booi (@malungelob) July 6, 2015
PRASA disputes that the locomotives are 4 264mm roof height, it says it is in fact 4 1mm @eNCA— malungelo booi (@malungelob) July 6, 2015
PRASA Montana says the locomotives exceed the safety standards @eNCA— malungelo booi (@malungelob) July 6, 2015
PRASA Montana says there has been a lot of debate between PRASA and Transnet engineers about the matter @eNCA— malungelo booi (@malungelob) July 6, 2015
Prasa intended using the locomotives for its long distance Shosholoza Meyl passenger service. The locomotives were revealed to the media at an event in Cape Town in January, where Prasa and transport minister Dipuo Peters stated the locomotives would undergo three months’ testing before entering operations in April.
The auditor general last year announced Prasa had flouted its own tender regulations when it awarded the contract to Swifambo Rail Leasing.